So we read about this a while ago, but just have to bring it up again because it is so friggin’ scary. We’re trying to think of how something like this can be used in not-so-sketchy ways, but …*shudder*…I don’t know. My skin literally crawls at the prospect of this thing coming out of my toilet or vents. Just not cool. What’s even scarier is that these may be used as a means of Homeland Security. Yeah, that’s right. Big Dog, the swarm of crawly things and now this ingenious creation of Carnegie Melon students are all coming to get you and your little kids too. I mean, don’t me wrong, these things are highly impressive and a demonstration of man’s growing technological capabilities. But seriously, I can think of just as many dangerous examples as I could positive uses for zee robo-snake. Armagedon-esque future aside, how does the every day person use this? What are we doing we this besides scaring the ba-jesus out of an unsuspecting someone?
Well, WW wants to turn the scary into the sexy. Image a bag strapped on one end that, when activated, wraps itself around your arm or your neck or your chair… you get the picture.
The cool and ahhh factors weigh in the heaviest in our decision to take on this project. I initially didn’t even feel the idea of a creepy crawly snake wrapping around me and honestly, we’re still struggling to find practical uses for this. I was convinced that it didn’t have to look like a deadly beast but could be sheathed in plastic and foam to make it more approachable.
So, we ironed out a few basics and we’re going to work with our robotics brethren to make a cool prototype and keep you posted on the details. If anyone wants to beat us to this, have the decency to hit us up don’t re-invent the inventive wheel.